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Sportsmen to be asked to pay higher fees

Salmon and steelhead anglers in the Columbia River would pay 69 percent more in fees under the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s final hunting and fishing license increase proposals …

Kennewick Man must be returned to tribes within 90 days

The Ancient One is going home. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given back to American Indian tribes in Washington state for …

Coast Guard seeks public’s help to find false mayday caller

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help to find someone who has made repeated false calls for help from near the mouth of the Columbia River.

Columbia salmon, endangered species on commission agenda

The Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions will decide in the next two months whether to implement fully in 2017 the biggest overhaul of Columbia River salmon policies in …

Columbia River salmon reforms could be decided soon

The Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions will decide in the next two months whether to implement fully in 2017 the biggest overhaul of Columbia River salmon policies in …

Crabbing halted from northern Oregon to California border

State agriculture officials in Oregon have shut down commercial and recreational crabbing in coastal waters from Tillamook Head along the northern coast to the California border because of high levels …

Natural gravel beaches protect dunes at Clatsop Spit

After spending millions trying to reinforce the jetties around the mouth of the Columbia River with large boulders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has turned to natural gravel beaches …

Energy company drops plans for coal dock on Columbia River

An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon.

Snake River salmon, steelhead recovery plan released

Federal officials say changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and …

Hundreds expected for hearing on coal-export terminal

Hundreds of supporters and opponents are expected at a federal hearing Monday about a proposed coal-export terminal along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.

Fishing season ends early on Columbia River

Recreational fishing will end early on the Columbia River after fish populations were found to be smaller than expected.

Corps can continue killing salmon-eating cormorants, judge says

The killing of cormorants on the Columbia River to protect steelhead and salmon can continue despite a federal judge’s ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should have considered …

100 years ago on the Columbia River: Brothers’ canoe trip turns deadly

From our archives, 100 years ago The canoeing vacation of brothers George and Walter Roos of Portland ended in tragedy at the The Dalles.

Hiker dies in fall at Columbia River Gorge

Authorities say a hiker died after falling from a trail in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland.

Tribal fishery for fall chinook salmon opens, strong harvest expected

About 778,000 fall chinook are forecast to make their way up the Columbia River this year, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. That’s smaller than last summer, when …

Smelter must pay tribes’ legal bill, court says

The owner of a Canadian smelter must pay the Colville Tribes about $8.3 million for legal fees and environmental studies related to ongoing litigation over the smelter’s discharges into the …

Hot water poses ongoing threat to Columbia River salmon, groups say

Hot water is killing salmon in the reservoirs behind Columbia and Snake river dams, and the federal government must take action to prevent future die-offs of the Northwest’s iconic fish, …

Housing project proposed for tribal members living in substandard conditions on Columbia River

WHITE SALMON – When the home Johnny Jackson built himself caught fire, emergency responders discovered the lone fire hydrant at the Bureau of Indian Affairs managed tribal fishing site wasn’t …

Historic ferry returns to Astoria as tourist attraction

A ferry that once plied the Columbia River between Astoria and Washington state will soon be back in service as a tourist attraction.

State adopts ‘fish consumption rule’ after years of debate

Washington state regulators have adopted new clean-water rules tied partly to how much fish people eat, ending years of heated debate over how clean the state’s waters should be.

Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule …

Bull trout lawsuit targets 26 dams in Columbia River Basin

An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit contending that 26 dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout and violating the Endangered Species Act.

Slow progress seen on rupture-prone rail cars

Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted …

Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Grand Coulee Dam

An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River …

State shifting through comments on coal-export project

Environmental regulators in Washington are shifting through about 267,000 comments they received on a coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River near Longview.

West Coast states meet to share oil spill-response efforts

Washington and Oregon environmental regulators said Tuesday that regional coordination and planning exercises such as drills aided in their response to the fiery train derailment along the Columbia River earlier …

Tribes end canoe journey at Kettle Falls, celebrate hope of salmon’s return

Paddlers from the Colville, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Kootenai and Kalispel tribes arrived in dugout canoes at Kettle Falls on Friday after making journeys similar to the trips their ancestors might …

Field Reports: Sockeye surge flies in face of Columbia forecast

Sockeye salmon have been surging into the Columbia River in record numbers.

Paddlers from the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Colville tribes meet at confluence

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ dugout canoe was getting some adjustments Sunday night on a beach near the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. The cedar canoe was made in …

Oil removed from train that derailed in Columbia River town, Oregon official says

Crews have removed the last of the crude oil from a train that derailed Friday in the tiny Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier.